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English Literature at All Hallows Catholic College

Course description

This course is designed for those who already have an interest in Literature and who wish to develop their basic knowledge and understanding by studying a wide range of literary material. Reading is clearly a very important part of any Literature course, so anyone who chooses this subject must already enjoy reading and have a genuine desire to learn more about books and writers.

English Literature, in common with other subjects at 'A' level, is about ideas. Unlike other subjects, however, Literature is uniquely concerned with the way these ideas are expressed - that is, with language, structure, form and so on. The range of ideas you are likely to encounter in Literature is also much wider than with many other areas of study. Since the subject matter of English Literature is human experience, you will come into contact with ideas that cross the normal subject boundaries of the curriculum.

During your two year course you are almost certain to be introduced to ideas from history, philosophy, the Bible, psychology, ethics, linguistics, sociology and politics - to name but a few! For this reason, this course is especially suited to students with enquiring minds who enjoy exploring new concepts and issues.

You will study all forms of Literature (novels, short stories, poems and plays) drawn from all periods of English Literature. Since one of the aims of the course is to set literary works within the context of the age in which they were written, you will also learn something of the historical background of texts ranging from Chaucer (written almost six hundred years ago) to those written very recently. You will be introduced to the familiar 'greats' of English Literature (Shakespeare, the Bront√ęs, John Donne, Dickens and so on), as well as to writers you may not have heard of but who are in many ways just as challenging. All in all, you will be required to study about ten texts in detail, though you will have the opportunity to experience many others in a more general way.

Entry requirements

6 GCSE's A* - C inc. English Language Grade C, English Literature Grade C

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact All Hallows Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years